Pipe bomb found near nightclub
REVELLERS at a popular nightclub had to be diverted out a back door after a viable pipe bomb that could have caused death or serious injury was found in a nearby car park early yesterday.
The Army bomb disposal unit made safe a viable explosive that was found planted underneath a 4x4 vehicle parked outside the popular Wright Venue nightclub in Swords, Co Dublin, at 1.30am.
The device was primed and could have killed or caused serious injury had it detonated, an army spokesman said last night.
The vehicle was in the small car park of a commercial complex across the road from the nightclub in the Airside retail park.
The discovery was made at peak time when hundreds of revellers were still at the nightclub or on their way home. The immediate area was cordoned off but the nightclub was not evacuated.
Lusk resident Paul English (33) said he was at the club when the music suddenly stopped and people were asked to leave, at around 2.30am. It was only when patrons were leaving the club that they learned anything was amiss, he said.
"There were rumours of a bomb scare but there was no panic or rush to get out," he told the Irish Independent last night. Patrons were diverted out a back exit, he added.
Nobody was injured and the area was declared safe at 4.45am after the vehicle was destroyed in a controlled explosion. It was then taken away for a technical examination.
It's understood that the driver of the Dublin-registered blue Range Rover made himself known to gardai who were continuing to investigate the motive last night.